Outstanding Polychrome Paint Decorated Treen Master Salt
Probably Northeast, possibly Pennsylvania, ca. 18th to early 19th century. Robustly turned hardwood with significant heft in hand, with a red ground decorated by black, green, and mustard. Rimmed bowl supported by stepped foot with central bladed knop. One side showing soft original over-varnish, with part of the reverse having the paint impacted from getting too close to heat (as shown). Strong patina inside. About 4 1/8 inches tall x 3 1/4 diameter. Held salt (and possibly spices) at the table. Special and early painted treen that is so hard to find.